Public Health Expert: And now the Brits are doing it: A sugary drink tax...

From 1 April 2018, the UK is putting in place a type of sugary drinks tax – actually a “soft drinks industry levy”. This blog reviews how they are doing it, early signs of its success, and ponders its relevance for NZ. We also take this opportunity to point out some problems with a recent NZIER Report on sugary drink taxes.

Opinion: Julian Buchanan – NZ’s ‘deadly’ indifference to drug overdose antidote

Criminologist Dr Julian Buchanan argues that New Zealand’s current policy on naxolone – the take-home antidote to drug overdoses – is showing a deadly indifference to a vulnerable group of people.

Opinion: Paul Anderson – a novel solution to ever-lengthening waiting lists?

Surgeon Paul Anderson offers a free specialist review clinic, to a high needs community, that he believes could be a model for making a real difference to waiting list woes.

Opinion: “We are at our wits’ end” – one family’s experience of navigating the...

A young woman shares with HealthCentral the frustration she and her family feel as they struggle to navigate the mental health system to get the right help and support for her sister.

Opinion: Warwick Brunton – keep calm and do something different

Historian Dr Warwick Brunton has studied all our major mental health inquiries of the past 150 years. He thinks this latest inquiry has the potential to offer ‘generational hope’ if it has the courage – and resourcing – to learn from the mistakes of the past and do things differently.

Opinion: Julian Buchanan – Could ‘legalising’ drugs benefit the privileged and penalise the poor?

Criminologist Dr Julian Buchanan says drug reform is overdue but argues that legal regulation of prohibited drugs, like cannabis, may only benefit those who can afford legally-approved drugs.

Opinion: Ken Perrott – So what is the story about fluoridation?

Scientist and fluoridation supporter Ken Perrott refutes claims he made “fundamental errors” in his analysis of a Mexican study in the first of a two-part series answering some of the common questions he’s asked about community water fluoridation.

Opinion: Mary Byrne – Fluoridation promoter wrong to discredit landmark study

Fluoride Free New Zealand responds to Ken Perrott’s recent opinion piece stating he made “fundamental errors” in his analysis of a landmark study on the prenatal exposure to fluoride.

Opinion: Peter Adams – Don’t confuse mental health with addiction

Jacinda Ardern's announcement of Labour's promised government inquiry into mental health and addiction services was good news for the mental health field, but I fear it will be a mixed blessing for the addiction field.

Opinion: Heather Williams – battling Pharmac over change to generic brands

Heather Williams shares why she feels she can’t sit back and let others be fobbed off with a generic drug that she was told was “safe”, “effective” and worked “just the same as the other brands”.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

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